Special of the Day~ Festive Foodie Gift Guide

Crooked Tree cookies

06 Dec Special of the Day~ Festive Foodie Gift Guide

Sydne George Special of the DayHow fortunate we are to enjoy many delightful destinations for dining, baked goods, coffee, beer and wine right here in downtown Great Falls, Montana.

Supporting small business and keeping it local as we do our holiday shopping just keeps getting better and better, and with so many options in one area, you could make a delicious day of it, all downtown.

Set aside a Shopping Spree Saturday and use the Festive Foodie Gift Guide to cook up a plan. Kick it off over coffee and a bite of breakfast, then shop your way through your list until you work up a hunger for a lunch break and finally finish up and reward yourself with a cold beer or glass of wine at one of several wonderful waterholes.

You might just surprise yourself at how successful your shopping shindig can be when you map out a plan and reward yourself with intermittent treats along the way!

Wishing you much love and joy with this week’s Special of the Day~ Festive Foodie Gift Guide. Happy holiday shopping!

First things first~ breakfast, please

Big Sky Bakehouse, 4 5th Street South, 406.315.1747

Crooked Tree, 501 1st Avenue North, 406.315.1221

Electric City Coffee, 319 Central Avenue, 406.452.4529

Faster Basset, 215 3rd Street NW, 406.727.3947

Great Harvest Bread Company, 515 1st Avenue North, 406.452.6941

A well-deserved lunch break

Bert and Ernie’s, 300 1st Avenue South, 406.453.0601

Celtic Cowboy, 116 1st Avenue South, 406.952.0393

Electric City Coffee, 319 Central Avenue, 406.452.4529

Faster Basset, 215 3rd Street NW, 406.717.3947

Wines by Wednesday, 214 5th Street South, 406.761.9463

Festive Foodie Gift Guide

The following businesses have special items for food, coffee and wine enthusiasts in stock and to order for the holidays.

Big Sky Bakehouse at 4 5th Street South 406.315.1747

  • Stollen, a traditional German Christmas bread, available on Saturdays through December.
  • White chocolate cheesecakes with Salted Caramel Swirl
  • Buche de Noel with chocolate cake and praline filling to order ahead for Christmas.

Crooked Tree cookies

Crooked Tree Coffee and Cakes at 501 1st Avenue North 406.315.1221

  • Coffee gift baskets with Herkimer coffee and a Crooked Tree coffee mug.
  • Cookie tins with assorted cookies
  • Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake
  • Eggnog Cheesecake with Gingerbread Crust
  • Chocolate Cake with cranberry filling

Electric City Coffee at 319 Central Avenue, 406.452.4529

  • Taking holiday baking orders now for Christmas for a variety of breads, pies, cheesecakes, sweet loaves, coffee cakes, quiches, breakfast casseroles, frosted sugar cookies. Deadline to order is December 16. Order forms can be found online and in store.
  • Check for their Saturday brunch menu on their Facebook page or at eccbistro.com
  • Quick stocking stuffer ideas- gift certificates, coffee beans, sweet treats, ECC mugs and ECC beeswax candles, combine for a fun gift basket.
  • December evening bistro special menus:

December 5-16 English menu

December 19-30 Ain’t Your Mama’s Christmas Dinner

December 31- New Year’s Eve Celebration Dinner (Reservations only)

Wines by Wednesday at 214 5th Street South, 406.761.9463

  • Bove Sparkling Rose is a fun celebratory wine from the Loire valley made from an unusual combination of Cab Franc and Gamay grapes. It makes for a refreshing and great aperitif.
  • Other great gourmet gifts include 25-year-aged balsamic vinegar,

Scarpetta sauces, Tuscan Vodka sauce and Pesto sauce, The 3 Little Pigs spreads- French onion confit, Sapori di Napoli Girella pasta, Smoking Gooses’s Stagberry elk sausage, Gin N Juice lamb sausage, Brillat Savarin Triple Crème Brie and Wensleydale cheese.

Wonderful waterholes for when you hit the finish line

  • The City Bar, 709 Central Avenue, 406.761.9432. Enjoy one of their famous Tom and Jerry’s or pick up some batter to take home and make your own.
  • The Front Public House, 201 3rd Street NW, 406.727.3947
  • The Mighty Mo, 412 Central Avenue, 406.952.0342
  • The Sip ‘n Dip Lounge, 17 7th Street South, 406.454.2141
  • Wines by Wednesday, 214 5th Street South, 406.761.9463

Sydne George is a food journalist specializing in recipe development, food writing and food photography. Her first cookbook Little Red Book of Recipes to Love, a beautifully-curated collection of go-to tried-and-true favorites, is out now. She can be reached at sydnegeorge@hotmail.com . Sydne’s recipes from “Special of the day” are archived at sydnegeorge.com.

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